When you read Bloody Coffee by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre, you are in a modern-day Israel with a young, eager, passionate main character, who is trying to navigate her way through this foreign country and through her mother’s withholding of the truth about her biological father. I mean, with a setup like this, how can you go wrong?
This is book two of a series, and this second book opens basically where book one ends, but you don’t need to have read the first book to understand the story. And this sequel opens with a bang, with a heart attack actually.
So Leigh is 18, and using her mother’s journal as a guide, she leaves New York and travels to Tel Aviv to try and find her biological father. It seems as if none of the adults she encouters on this journey–from her mother to her mom’s best friend, from two men who might be her father–to the one man’s wife–want to tell this poor girl the truth. So she is frustrated, and sometimes, she acts it. But she acts like an 18-year-old would act who is getting the run around from adults in her life and in a foreign country about a very emotional subject–her father. She isn’t a victim though. She is strong and determined, and she will do what it takes to find the truth.
Besides that, she is falling head over heels in love for the first time, and so the book does have some suspense, some mystery, and some romance. If you like all three of these genres, then you will want to pick up Bloody Coffee!
The ending is something! I had to reread it a couple of times to make sure I knew exactly what had happened, and Michelle is planning another book in the series, so hopefully that book will be out sooner rather than later.
Also, I am happy to announce that I get to interview Michelle for WOW!’s summer e-zine issue on self-publishing. So stay tuned for that, so we can all learn from this very passionate and knowledgeable writer!